Spanish folk/epic metal band Pimea Metsa have released a new album entitled as No Blood, No Glory, out via WormHoleDeath records. About the album and other stuffs related to the band, below you can read an interview I had with Miguel Moron (keys, accordion).
Welcome Miguel and thank you for the interview. How are you? Can you make a small intro about Pimeä Metsä?
Hi! Really busy these days but fine. Well, Pimeä Metsä is a heavy metal band coming from Madrid. Our musical style can be defined as Viking/folk metal, but we try to open our musical spectrum by adding elements from other styles like melodic death, epic, thrash, etc. The band was founded on a December 2006 winter’s night by David and me, but the current line‐up began to work together in 2008 and is formed by: Ángel Flores (vocals), David Chas (rhythm guitar), Hugo Pérez (lead guitar), Juanto Viana (bass), myself (keyboard and accordion) and Pablo Carmona (drums). Now we are presenting our second album: NO BLOOD, NO GLORY, which has been released last December 2016 via Wormhole Death Records / Aural Music.
Your band name is in Finnish. What does it mean and why did you choose as the band name to be in Finnish?
Pimeä Metsä means “Dark Forest” in Finnish. From the beginning, we decided to orient the band towards Viking/folk metal. I speak Finnish and we thought that a name in this language would fit perfectly with the musical style we wanted to play. Then, name had to be representative of the lyrical themes the band would use in their songs and not too difficult to pronounce, so Pimeä Metsä made the difference!
You mentioned about the new album ”No Blood, No Glory”, out with Worm HoleDeath records. Where did the recordings took place and how these went?
The album has been recorded, mixed and mastered at The Metal Factory Studios (Madrid) by Alex Cappa, who has worked with the most important heavy metal bands of Spain like Hamlet, Vita Imana, 037/Leo and many more. Alex rules! We have chosen him because we loved the sound of his previous works with other bands and I think the results on NO BLOOD, NO GLORY speak by themselves. The recording seasons went very, very well. Hard, serious and productive working, but full of jokes and anecdotes.
What is the theme of the album?
NO BLOOD, NO GLORY is not a conceptual album. Its thematic is mostly the same that we’ve been singing about from the very beginning: Viking mythology or foundations and epic battles or echoes in defense of nature, that nowadays men are wasting out, day by day.
We have also included lyrics about worldwide literature and historical events, like Beowulf (song “GRENDEL: THE CHANT OF BEOWULF PART I”) or William Wallace’s struggle for freedom (song “CRY FOR FREEDOM”). We try to write attractive lyrics that shows the values of loyalty, brotherhood, solidarity, courage and no fear about life or death from the Viking culture, lyrics that can teach something about these times, myths and costumes to our listeners and fans.